Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 1451 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 1451 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Suresh Singh 16941 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Group Captain Suresh Singh (16941) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the lAF on 19 Aug 1982 and is presently on the posted strength of a Base Repair Depot (BRD) at Chandigarh since 19 Sep 2005 as Group Commander Engine. In 25 years of distinguished service, he has held several important appointments that include Officer in charge technical flight at a fighter base, Instructional tenure at Air Force Technical College, staff appointment at WAC and Chief of Quality Assurance at a BRD. The officer during his tenure at BRD in Kanpur, had resolved many complex cases of MlG-23/27, Mirage 2000 and Kiran aircraft accidents. He ascertained the exact root cause of the technical defects including human error (servicing) during the overhaul processes at HAL (Koraput) and HAL (Lucknow) division. The officer was directly involved in the development of a large number of overhaul processes for the first time in the IAF such as Potassium dichromating of engine parts core passages, dimpled steel thermal insulatot repair, abradable coating on M53-P2 (Mirage 2000 aeroengine) parts. Some of these technologies were also transferred to HAL (Koraput) for adaptation. The implementation of these processes eliminated the repeated failures and enhanced the quality and reliability of aero engines produced at the BRD. On 19 Sep 2005, Gp Capt Suresh took over as Group Commander Engines at BRD in Chandigarh. The challenging task of engine production despite serious spare crunch was handled intelligently and judiciously by the officer by incredible power of ingenuity. A large number of reclamation technologies were developed in-house for engine parts on Production Hold Ups such as Chrome plating of RPM Governor for TV-3 engines, reclamation of TV-3 engine Turbine shaft, liner change of Main Gear Box of VR-8A/VR-14 and Repair technologies of AI-20 Compressor casing which helped immensely for engine and MGB production. These innovations have resulted in saving of foreign exchange to the tune of Rs.75 crores approximately. Recently the officer formed an integrated team and developed an alternate state of art Plasma spray technology as replacement for VK-2, KNA and 20 A (Boron Nitride) coating by involving Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness (Engines), Bangalore and HAL (Koraput) for AI-20D, TV-3 and AI-9V aero engines. This aspect will enhance the engine reliability and reduce the cases of premature withdrawal. In addition, TV-3 Engine Test Bed was unserviceable for prolonged period. The officer led a team for development of an alternate technology for replacement of frequency-based CV-2000 system by latest technology cylindrical load cell and the digital indicator for direct loading system. This aspect will enhance the engine reliability of TV-3 engine testing and power measurement. For excellent innovativeness, exceptional dedication and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Suresh Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Kalarikal Puttur Unnikrishnan Nair 17023 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Group Captain KP Unni Krishnan Nair (17023) Flying (Navigator) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Navigator in the Flying Branch on 29 Dec 1982. He has held various field and staff appointments which include Commanding Officer, Navigational Training School (NTS) at Air Force Station Begumpet and Director Operations (Navigation) at Air Headquarters. He has undergone the Air Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College and Higher Air Command Course at College of Air Warfare. He was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff in Oct 2004. As Station Commander by his inspirational leadership and his selfless diligence has effected a radical transformation in the Station. He has displayed remarkable vision to achieve radical changes in all sphere of the Station. He has steadfastly focused on qualitative achievement of service tasks, adopting a diligent and meticulous approach in the discharge of his duties and has displayed commendable selflessness. AF Station Barrackpore has immensely gained from his unrelenting commitment during his ongoing tenure, both in functionality and aesthetics. His innovative measure of combined cooking at the Airmen's Mess for DSC personnel, Airmen and SNCOs of the Station and centralized distribution has not only resulted in optimal utilization of depleted civilian manpower, but also has improved the quality of food tremendously contributing directly to their high morale. AF Station Barrackpore was adjudged the Best Non-flying Station of Eastern Air Command for 2007. The huge success of the Placement Fair held at Air Force Station Barrackpore is a testimony of the officer's leadership and organizational skills. He has displayed remarkable acumen in ensuring cooperation with the Army Station Commander as also Naval Station collocated in Barrackpore thereby creating an atmosphere of synergy amongst the three services. Gp Capt Nair has proven to be an asset to the IAF by virtue of his sterling qualities of leadership. The officer continues to utilize his tenure in command of AF Station Barrackpore to serve the interests of the IAF in the true spirit of the Air Warrior. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain KP Unni Krishnan Nair.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Mannepalli Baladitya 17230 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Group Captain Mannepalli Baladitya (17230) Logistics was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1983. He has held field assignments in two fighter bases and was Senior Logistics Officer at a premier Air Force Station. He has commanded an Equipment Depot and has held the prestigious appointment of Secretary, Services Sports Control Board before assuming the present assignment as Command Logistics Management Officer at Central Air Command (CAC). As a sportsman, he has excelled in Squash and was Air Force champion on four occasions and represented Services at Nationals. He was nominated by Indian Olympic Association as a delegate for the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was invited by BCC! to assume 'the appointment of Manager, Indian Cricket Team in 2005. He was associated with Indian Team for five tours, a period during which he earned accolades both from the team members and media. In CAC, he has been actively involved in planning and implementation of an effective Logistics support for all flying operations and exercises conducted within the country and abroad. His close liaison with HAL and other supply and repair agencies has galvanized the supply chain, thereby contributing immensely to the maintenance support for all aircraft resulting in the serviceability being maintained at levels higher that the Air Force averages. His deep sense of involvement in implementation of Integrated Material Management On Line System (IMMOLS), e-auction and e-procurement in logistics transactions has been exemplary. He has also been involved in an important Air Force level Project Study dealing with Basing of Combat Assets of IAF. In addition he is a member of the Joint Services Working Group responsible for Integration of Logistics activities in the three services. For his distinguished service of high order and outstanding contribution to enhancing the image of Indian Air Force, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Mannepalli Baladitya. 91
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Mohan Kumar Rao 17343 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Group Captain Mohan Rao VM (17343) Flying (pilot) was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Branch on 22 Dec 1983. He has commanded a fighter squadron and been a Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. For display of courage the officer was awarded Vayu Sena Medal Gallantry on 15 Aug 1999. He took over Command of Air Force Station Jaisalmer on 01 Mar 2006. During his tenure of 17 months, the station performed exceptionally in Operations, Maintenance and Administration. All tasks given to the station were performed diligently and with professional competence. The station hosted an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Conclave in September 2007 followed by Command Flight Safety Council Meeting. This was followed by a Directorate of Air Staff Inspection in December 2007. The Fire Power Demonstration of the IAF was conducted in December 2007 in a very competent and capable manner in the best traditions of the IAF, which was appreciated by all the dignitaries. Exercise Brazen Chariots was held in March 2008, in which the station was completely involved. The Parliamentary Committee on Defence visited the station in 2007 and this visit was conducted in a very befitting manner. On the Administrative front, the Other Than Married Accommodation (OTM) of a Signals Unit and Transportable Radar Unit was crystallized, as well as the Security Wall for the Station. The station was awarded the 'Best in Administration' Trophy of the South Western Air Command for 2007, which indicates the importance given by the station to this vital aspect. Gp Capt Rao has knit the station as a team and always led from the front, which is very clear in the way the station performed during his tenure. For his professional competence, dedication, leadership and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Mohan Rao VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Vikram Singh 17699 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Group Captain Vikram Singh (17699) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot in December 1984. He is an Experimental Test Pilot and a Qualified Flight Instructor. His varied and diverse flying experience amounts to 2800 hours on 35 different aircraft. He attended the Senior Commanders Staff Course in South Africa. The officer has played a key and instrumental role in development and Flight Testing of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). Till date, he has the largest number of sorties on the LCA amounting to 150 which is almost 20% of the LC~s total flying. His contribution to this National Level aircraft development project has been singular and noteworthy. The officer in his career has varied experience in diverse fields. This also included a three-year appointment in the Directorate of Air Staff Requirement where he was involved in the induction of Embraer and WIP Boeing. His vision, planning and deep sense of integrity has enabled him to achieve the desired Air Force objectives. During his present tenure at Air HQ, the officer was the Director for aircraft upgrades. His scope of work involved close monitoring, coordination and timely induction of combat aircraft into the operational squadrons. This involved the induction of Su-30 MKI and the intense negotiations that were involved in the swap contract with the Russians. His contribution to the MiG-27 and Jaguar upgrade projects is immense. Today both these upgrade projects are a success story that HAL, DRDO and the Air Force can be truly proud. It is pertinent to mention that all these projects were worth almost Rs 60,000 crores. His commitment and perseverance have resulted in timely completion and contributed in the modernisation of the IAF's combat fleet. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Vikram Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Wg Cdr Sattaru Bhanoji Rao 18243 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Wing Commander Sattaru Bhanoji Rao (18243) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) was commissioned on 21 Feb 1986. In his 22 years of service, he held key appointments as Chief Engineering Officer of a fighter base and Deputy Director Weapons (Technical) at Air HQ. Presently he is Joint Director Weapons (Technical) at Air HQ since 19 May 2005. Wg Cdr Rao has exceptional knowledge on all aspects of air armament stores. During his eight years of work in the field of air armaments, he immensely contributed for overall improvement of operational capability of the IAF Noteworthy achievements are integration of AVU-ETM fuze as a 'Universal Fuze' for all indigenous bombs on all types of aircraft, which has reduced bombs preparation time. From the life expired weapons, he recovered 14,000 rockets of 80 mm calibre worth Rs. 72 Crores and 600 BME-300C cluster bombs by conducting life extension trials. A large number of life expired weapons were disposed-off to create additional weapon storage space. He prepared policies on Laser Guided Bombs/pods matching codes and utilization. He formulated 'fusing policy' and issued it as an Indian Air Publication No. IAP1499-00-00. With his professional acumen, he identified the reasons for failure of 57 mm rocket due to which the vendor has agreed to replace the 1,25,000 propellants of 57 mm rockets free of cost despite expiry of warranty period, thus saving more than Rs.112 Crores worth of inventory. He carried out extensive tests and rejected the new propellant offered by the vendor and also identified an alternate propellant, which would be suitable to the Indian environment. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Sattaru Bhanoji Rao. 97
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Wg Cdr Cherukuri Venkata Ranga Rama Sudhir 18531 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Wing Commander Cherukuri Venkata Ranga Rama Sudhir (18531) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 17 Aug 1985 and has been on the posted strength of Directorate of Air Staff Inspection wef 08 May 2006. Wg Cdr Sudhir is qualified on Su-30 and MiG-21aircraft. He was part of the initial core group that was trained abroad on Su-30 aircraft. In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Engineering, he has done Aerospace Quality and Management Course in 1995. The professional record of the officer is immaculate. The induction of the SU-30 fleet at AF Stn Bareilly in the year 2004 and participation in Ex-Garuda in France was successfully achieved due to his meticulous planning, involvement and foresight as Squadron Commander, Aircraft Technical Squadron. The officer was actively involved in preparation of maintenance checklist for Air Force exercise Gaganshakti held in 2006. During the inspections of various units, he makes it a point to utilize his professional expertise in educating the officers and technicians in the field. He was instrumental in preparing guidelines for Command Level - II inspection. In 2007, he has single handedly performed the mammoth task of coordination and compilation of data for the best flying station in a most professional manner. He has rendered many recommendations, which have been factored in the inspection planning process. Based on the organizational focus areas, he has brought out practical changes in the maintenance assessment to make it more effective. With his wide-ranging experience, the officer has proved himself to be an asset to the directorate. For his outstanding achievements, invaluable contributions to the service and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Cherukuri Venkata Ranga Rama Sudhir.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Wg Cdr Manoj Kumar 19063 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Wing Commander Manoj Kumar (19063) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) was commissioned in the IAF on 07 Sep 1987. In his 21 years of distinguished service, he has held many important appointments including Senior Engineer (Aircraft)of a fighter base and Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of an Equipment Depot (EO). During his earlier staff tenure at HQ WAC as Dy CFSIO, he was instrumental in framing policies for combating bird hazard, formulation of guidelines and SOPs for proper utilisation of Flight Safety funds. For his noteworthy contribution, he was commended by AOC-in-C, WAC on 08 Oct 1997. As Senior Engineer (Aircraft) at AF Stn Chabua, he achieved 100% serviceability of both the fighter Sqns by resorting to thorough planning, enhanced production and proper follow-up of AOG demands. Concerted efforts put in by the officer to improve maintenance practices ensured zero accident rate being achieved by the base. The station was awarded the best maintenance trophy under EAC. during his tenure. In appreciation of the efforts put in by the officer, he was commended by CAS on 26 Jan 200l. Later, as CEO of Equipment Depot Avadi, he was instrumental in drafting servicing schedules for INSAS and SLR Rifles for the IAF. The officer has put the knowledge gained while undergoing the Aerospace Quality Assurance and Management course at Institute of Armament Technology, Pune to good use. He had imparted vital aspects and nuances of the QAS concept to his subordinates. The empowered QAS team thus identified the defects in stores that had been missed out even by DGQA. This ensured strict quality control of items worth crores of rupees, being inducted in the IAF. In his present appointment as CASEO, Wg Cdr Kumar has streamlined the planning, provisioning and maintenance process for all armament stores. He has brought about a sea change in the professional approach of all armament officers and weapon Fits in the field by regular centralized training. The review of armament inventory initiated by him has enabled in making a large quantity. of armament stores in WAC usable for Operations. Visualization of constraints for storing armaments has led to an appreciation and prioritization in creation of storage space for new generation armament stores. His understanding of the storage procedures resulted in site clearances of long pending weapon storage construction projects by CFEES. The constraints were also ameliorated to a large extent due to massive efforts of transportation of over 1000 tonnes of life expired armament stores for demolition, from WAC stations. For his professional competence, perseverance, exemplary devotion to duty and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Manoj Kumar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Wg Cdr Man Singh Awana 19153 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Wing Commander Man Singh Awana (19153) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot on 19 Dec 1987 and has been on the posted strength of Aircrew Examining Board as an Air Force Examiner since 12 Jun 2006. He has been the Flight Commander of a Flight which looks after inspections of all Fighter Squadrons. Wg Cdr Awana is a highly accomplished professional with exceptional devotion to duty. He has earlier commanded a Mig-21 Bison Squadron during which his contribution towards the induction of the Bison aircraft was noteworthy. He is a Category 'N. Instructor and an Instrument Rating Instructor/Examiner with over 340 hrs of accident free flying. As an Air Force Examiner, Wg Cdr Awana's involvement in the conduct of aircrew testing and categorization has been commendable. In addition, being the Flight Commander, he has planned and organized all tasks in an exemplary manner. He currently retains currency and proficiency on a variety of aircraft including the Mig-29, Mig-21, Kiran and HPT-32. In the past two years he has visited a total of 46 bases where he flew 23 hrs on different aircraft types without any incident/accident. Over and above the task of inspection he has also shouldered the responsibility of conducting a number of IRIE courses. His depth of knowledge, analytic ability, flying skills and above all the high degree of responsibility and maturity displayed have made him an asset to the organization. Wg Cdr Awana has a very positive attitude and clear vision. The officer possesses a high capability to think and conceive new ideas leading to improvement in existing methods of work. Tasks given to him are completed well in time with good research and quality. His overall contribution towards the organization has been noteworthy and is commendable. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Man Singh Awana.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Wg Cdr Sandeep Rawat 19490 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Wing Commander Sandeep Rawat (19490) Logistics was commissioned in the Logistic Branch of Indian Air Force on 17 Dec 1988. During his 19 years of distinguished service, he has been commended by Chief of the Air Staff on two different occasions and once by Air Officer Commanding- in-Chief. While posted as MCO at Palam, he was specially selected to handle the movement of first ever UN Mission from India. The prestigious international commitment was fulfilled in the finest traditions of military precision and exemplary efficiency. The officer was singled out by the UN for his professionalism in formulating a comprehensive SOP The officer's contribution in formulating Air Officer in charge Maintenance's Canons is universally acknowledged as foundation of the existing provisioning and procurement system of the IAF During his tenure as Staff Officer to the CAS, his initiative and innovation in establishing and operating the "CAS Website", facilitating prompt solutions to air warriors' problems ranging from personal to policy issues, is unprecedented and unparallel. As Joint Director Eng Al (Q), he is maintaining the SU-30 MKI aircraft fleet. His intelligent forecasting, planning and effective logistic support resulted in 100% serviceability of SU-30 MKI aircraft during entire "Indra Dhanush" Exercise at UK in Aug 2007, which was commended at International Forum. As the member secretary of Empowered Delegation, which visited Russia during Sep 2007, he concluded contracts for urgent and critical spares amounting to Rs 450 Crores with a saving of Rs 80 Crores. He further benefited the state by saving Rs 15 Crores in Jul 2007 and Rs 12 Crores in Dec 2007 while concluding important contracts within exemplary record time of seven days on both the occasions. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Sandeep Rawat.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Wg Cdr Jagjeet Singh Bhalla 20186 ADM/LGLUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Wing Commander Jagjeet Singh Bhalla (20186) Administration/Legal was commissioned in the Adm Branch on 16 Jun 1990. He is on the posted strength of the Dept of Judge Advocate General (Air), Air HQ (VB) since 09 Aug 2004 and functioning as Joint JAG (Air). After his first posting at 46 Wg, Wg Cdr Bhalla has worked as Command Deputy Judge Advocate at three Commands. At HQ WAC, he had single-handedly monitored 47 civil suits filed against the UoI/AF as a consequence of the recommendations of the V Pay Commission and had successfully safeguarded the interests of the UoI /AF, at times, even by pleading personally before the Courts. At HQ EAC and TC, he displayed legal acumen of the highest order and had formulated new legal syllabi for various training institutes and new policies for disciplinary/administrative action against trainee officers/airmen. He had conducted 78 Courts Martial as Judge Advocate at these places in a most befitting manner and has been commended by the AOC-in-C, WAC in Jan 1993 and by the CAS in Jan 1999 and Jan 2003. At the Department of JAG (Air), Wg Cdr Bhalla has efficiently and promptly processed almost all complicated disciplinary cases and comprehensively briefed ASGs/Govt Counsels in all important Civil Suits against the Uol/AF and thus ensured that no adverse orders are passed by the Courts. In cases filed before different High Courts challenging 'Promotion Policy for Warrant Ranks', he successfully pleaded the case on behalf of the Uol and obtained favorable orders. He also assisted in formulating policy regarding 'Protection against sexual harassment of women at work places in the IAF'. He has actively assisted JAG (Air) in formulating a policy for Tele-recording of evidence of outstation witnesses in the Court of Inquiry', which has resulted in substantial saving of man-hours, resources and expenditure. He has played an active role in ensuring smooth transfer & assignment of 'disciplinary' functions to the Department of JAG (Air) and CJA Sections and consequently, the new system has now been fully established in accordance with the direction of the CAS. AFO 227/77, dealing with the 'Discipline - IAF Personnel', had become a bit obsolete. Wg Cdr Bhalla has revised the said AFO as 03/08 by encompassing all the practices and procedures adopted since the issuance of the previous AFO and this new AFO has been accepted virtually as a 'Bible' for taking 'Disciplinary/Administrative' Action, against AF personnel. He has also drafted the AFO 05/08 prescribing the procedure for dealing with the non-statutory complaints. After a decade, in Dec 2007, CJAs Conference was successfully conducted at Air HQ, which was single handedly organized by him. In September 2005, he had participated in the 'Pacific Joint Operations Law Exercise', conducted at Big Island, Hawaii (USA), where his performance was widely appreciated. The officer has undergone Judge Advocate Staff Officers Course at AF JAG School, Albama (USA) from Feb 2007 to Apr 2007. Due to his potent performance, Commandant AF JAG School has intimated the AF authorities in writing about the impact of the officer on the students and instructors of the US JAG School. The Commandant has mentioned that 'Wg Cdr Bhalla ranks near the very top of all international officers they have ever had participating at the school and that he would be honoured to serve with Wg Cdr Bhalla anywhere'. Such an acclaim of the Commandant US JAG School speaks volumes about the professional competence and attitude of the officer. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Jagjeet Singh Bhalla.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Wg Cdr Ajay Devidas Purandare 21526 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Wing Commander Ajay Devidas Purandare (21526) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of Cell for Air Tasking Strike Planning and Air Warfare (CATSPAW), South Western Air Command, Indian Air Force (SWAC, IAF) since 30 May 2005 and worked as Command Operations Plans Officer till 30 Aug 2007 and presently holding the post of OIC CATSPAW. Wg Cdr Purandare made significant contribution while at Electronic Warfare Range (EWR), Gwalior in 2000-2001 where he authored a training precis on Electronic Warfare (EW) and contributed largely towards formulation of Indian Air Publications (lAP) 8606 - Fundamentals of EW Self Protection Suite. As Directing Staff at Tactical Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE), Gwalior in 2003-2005 he was instrumental in the planning, conduct and analysis of numerous exercises including several international exercises. He introduced the 'Compe Ground Positioning System (Compe GPS), software, a GPS based debrief tool which has gained wide acceptance in the entire Indian Air Force. His most significant contribution has been towards the structuring, conduct and analysis of Ex Javelin 11, a step towards evolving a Beyond Visual Range (BVR) employment doctrine for the Indian Air Force. While at HQ SWAC he has contributed immensely in structuring a new section - CATSPAW, building on constantly towards an efficient way of conducting air operations. He also undertook the formulation of HQ SWAC Operations Instructions from Aug 2005 to Feb 2006, a task that demanded commitment of a very high order. His contribution towards the planning and conduct of Exercise Gagan Shakti, both, at Air Headquarters and HQ SWAC Level, as the Coordinating Officer has ensured a safe and efficient conduct of the exercise. Recent achievements have been the smooth induction of Integrated Command Air tasking system (ICATS) in SWAC and further consolidation of the air dominance concept and air battle management concept in exercises held by SWAC. Due to his single-minded focus towards the task at hand, extreme hard work, ability to handle stress and planning abilities he has been able to complete the assigned tasks to the desired standard within the stipulated time. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Ajay Devidas Purandare.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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WO Arvind Kumar Sharma 671484 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : 671484 Warrant Officer Arvind Kumar Sharma Clerk General Duty was enrolled on 25 Mar 1980 in Clerk General Duty trade. In his 28 years of distinguished service, he has held various important appointments including posting at the Defence Wing of Embassy of India, Bangkok, and the current assignment of JCO ADC to the President. In all assignments, he has consistently displayed laudable professional competence, exemplary organizational ability, initiative and tenacity to overcome impediments. During the raising of Mobile RSIU in 1985, he was the only Adm staff available, as the unit was not established for any Adm Officer. By virtue of his professional excellence and assiduity, he successfu1ly established administrative infrastructure of the unit. While on the posted strength of an Equipment Depot Devlali, he was singularly instrumental in successful computerization of all the returns pertaining to Orderly Room. At Embassy of India, Bangkok, he took extraordinary initiative in handling port calls made by our Naval Ships, visits by NDC Teams and various delegations, including the delegations of various Service Chiefs. At AFRO, he was made in-charge of Remustering and Conversion Section in the Career Planning Wing, which had a large number of outstanding representations pertaining to detailing of ADSO and Clk ENPA tradesmen for Conversion Courses. With his professional acumen and in-depth knowledge, he systematically and diligently cleared all the outstanding representations, besides rationalizing the procedure for detailing Clk fA/PA tradesmen for Clk Accts Conversion Course, thus immensely contributing to the morale of fellow Air Warriors. In consonance with his potential and drive as the Warrant Officer IC of the Study Team for Career Progression of PBOR, he used his foresight to predict the likely stagnations due to Time Scale Promotion to the rank of Sergeant, and his Service Paper on Assured Career Progression was accepted by Air HQ. He was selected as JCO ADC to the President in Dec 2005 and assigned the duties of Superintendent President's Motor Garage since Sep 2007. Here again, his concerted efforts have yielded great dividends and the President's Garage has been shaped into a modern service garage with the latest assets, much to the appreciation by one and all. Indeed, he is an inspiration for his colleagues and has given a good account of his Service and Military ethos in this premier establishment of Rashtrapati Bhawan. For his distinguished service of high order and professional competence, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Warrant Officer Arvind Kumar Sharma.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Air Cmde Amit Dev 16972 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Air Commodore Amit Dev (16972) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the IAF as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch on 29 Dec 1982 and has been on the posted strength of the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) since 21 May 07. The officer has approximately 2500 hrs of accident free fighter flying experience. He is a Fighter Strike Leader, an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College and a graduate of Higher Air Command Course. He has commanded a frontline fighter squadron and a premier signals unit. He singlehandedly planned and executed the IAF's first ever trans-Atlantic deployment of fighter aircraft to Alaska (USA) for Exercise Cope Thunder-04. He was the Chief Operations Officer and the Air Refueling Director for the deployed forces. This deployment showcased India's strategic reach and the performances of the IAF was well appreciated by all participating nations. The officer is now posted to take over a frontline flying base. He has been commended by the CAS on 26 Jan 95. During the present tenure as Director Air Staff Inspection, the officer has been an effective leader of the flying team that inspects flying bases and squadrons. With his management skills and very good planning, he has been able to significantly increase the number of inspections undertaken by the Directorate. Along with combat units, he also planned inspections of units like HQ Maritime Air Operations, Advance HQs and Tactical Air Centres that are vital for prosecution of Joint Operations with the Army and Navy. During the inspections he has flown almost all types of fighter and trainer aircraft to assess the combat performance of the flying elements as well as the allied ground and support services. He has utilised his wide ranging experience in Air Defence and Ground Attack to impart invaluable knowledge to the flying squadrons and combat operators especially those employed in Terminal Weapons Control. Under his leadership and guidance the inspection teams have identified systemic problems in the field related to flying, maintenance and environment, which has enabled the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection to act as a facilitator in enhancing operational capability of the IAF. He also headed a team that has completed a Process Based Audit (PBA) of Maps in the IAF. His dedicated effort and initiative has been instrumental in ensuring thought provoking and high quality professional expression of ideas in the 'AirWarrior' journal published by the Directorate. Lastly, he planned and conducted a very successful Air Force level 'Air Power Seminar'. For his outstanding professional competence, dedication and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Amit Dev.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Prodip Kumar Mukherjee 15381 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Prodip Kumar Mukherjee (15381) Accounts was commissioned in the Accounts Branch of IAF on 08 Jun 1978. He held varied appointments in field and staff in his service career where due to his professionalism he has made substantial contribution in enhancing the level of services provided and establishing procedures for efficient functioning of the existing system . During his tenure at 26 Equipment Depot, his close scrutiny of HAL invoices led to detection of large number of errors, consequently, large recoveries were made with resultant savings in Public Fund. For his high sense of dedication to Service he was commended by the CAS on 08 Oct 97. After implementation of VI CPC recommendations, large number of anomalies surfaced. The officer being the IAF member of Tri Services Pay Staff to resolve anomalies, showed exceptional resourcefulness and perseverance in dealing with these extremely sensitive and complicated issues. With untiring efforts, he achieved resolution of major anomalies resulting in due and enormous financial benefits to personnel of all three Services. Some of the major issues where he displayed exemplary finesse and led to their outcome are, restoring of bonus for warranted ranks, extending benefits of Rule FR 22 provisions on promotion to officers and grant of Technical Allowance. Later as Command Accounts Officer he instilled fair accounting practices in the field units. In his present assignment as Director Financial Planning, owing to his foresight, tact and strong professional knowledge, he could drive the best possible enhancements and introductions of new financial powers for IAF during the financial power review in 2006. He has been instrumental in laying down large number of SOPs for exercise of financial powers. His personal involvement ensured achievement of Capital Budget targets year after year since 2005, by close and effective monitoring of ongoing Capital Schemes. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Prodip Kumar Mukherjee.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Arunava Sengupta 15916 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Arunava Sengupta (15916) AdmlFC was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administration Branch on 14 Dec 1979. In the formative years of his career, he has excelled as a Fighter Controller demonstrating his skills using various radars. After graduating as Master Fighter Controller and commanding a frontline radar unit on the western border, he pioneered the move by road of ST-68 radar into the Kashmir valley and its operation for the first time from Srinagar airfield. He has a distinction of grooming young controllers as Directing Staff in TACDE. He also contributed in review of exit-policies for officers during his stint at Air HQ (VB) as JDPO-3. During his tenure as Chief Administrative Officer at 402 AF Station, the officer played a pivotal role during the Colour Presentation Ceremony in Nov 2004 and displayed a very high sense of responsibility and foresight for the successful conduct of the event. He brought up the overall infrastructure of the Station, including the state of the art workshops, engine test beds, maintenance hangars and the admin buildings. During his tenure, he modernized the Air Warrior Messes, revitalized the fitness centres, renovated the DSC guard rooms, instituted the system of door to door solid waste collection, refurbished the children parks and established industrial reverse osmosis plant to ensure availability of safe potable water. His relentless efforts brought in remarkable improvement in quality of life. With his dedicated endeavor, the Station administration was brought up from a previous Av(-) to Above Av grading during the Directorate of Maintenance Inspection in Aug 2005. On successful completion of NDC course, the officer was placed as Director Air Force Works in Air HQ. Exhibiting professionalism, the officer systematically dealt with the challenges facing the Dte of Works. With effective application of knowledge, logical approach and convincing power, he has been able to resolve complex observations made by the MoD and Defence (Finance) in various works projects. With day to .day monitoring and vigorous interaction with the staff in MoD, he succeeded in clearing various works projects resulting in their timely release. Few such critical projects are 'infrastructure for MiG-29 upgrade' at one of the fighter squadron, 'runway resurfacing projects of two places and 'infrastructure for SU-30 induction'. He efficiently coordinated the core activities involving the Dte and the Command HQs and made significant contribution in the rare achievement of meeting the Annual Maintenance Works Plan target of releases worth Rs 850 crore in the year 2008-09. He displayed acumen in formulating works policies on intricate issues. His effective involvement in the works matters, quick appreciation of problem areas and adept analysis of issues has rendered him invaluable for the Dte. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Arunava Sengupta.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Arun Kumar Paul 15955 AE(L)Unit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Arun Kumar Paul (15955) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) was commissioned in IAF in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 07 Jan 1980. The officer has held important field and staff appointments. For his relentless efforts in improving operational environment, he has been commended thrice by the Chief of Air Staff and once by the Air Officer Commanding in Chief. During the period July 2006 to May 2008, the officer was appointed as Chief Engineering Officer of a fighter base. The officer built up all AOG aircraft (ac) in a record period of two months without putting down any flight line ac. The officer could achieve 100% serviceability of the ac on at least three occasions and maintained overall serviceability of 80% for one whole year against the background of low serviceability status of the fleet in the entire Indian Air Force. All operational and maintenance tasks were successfully achieved during his tenure. The officer took over as Director Avionics Modification at Air HQ on 02 Jun 08. The directorate is handling eighteen different projects. With his proactive and incessant efforts, he coordinated the management with a new team of officers and resolved outstanding issues in all the projects. His professional acumen and personal guidance resulted in finalisation of the implementation methodology of Darin II Jaguar simulator. As Director, he has put his vast experience in the engineering field towards streamlining techno-logistic chain of Laser Designator pods. The officer has sustained a very high serviceability of the pods despite the system being utilised on a variety of platforms. During his present tenure, the officer has completed induction and commissioning of BISON Avionic Part Task Trainer at five different bases, High Performance Human Centrifuge system at Institute of Aviation Medicine, HAWK Synthetic Training Equipments at Bidar, Kiran/HPT simulators at four different bases and Forward Air Controller kits for all the Tactical Air Control units. The induction of Mirage Mission Simulator, Dornier Flight Training Device, CCD/FLIR for Mi- 17 heptr and Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation pods has moved to the final stages. The officer has also finalized Long Term Maintenance Agreements with the OEM for all the critical systems. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Arun Kumar Paul.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Tripath Pal Singh Dhillon 16215 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Tripath Pal Singh Dhillon (16215) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the flying branch on 13 Dec 1980. Gp Capt TPS Dhillon has held the important appointments of Commanding Officer of a helicopter unit, Director of Training (Flying) and Joint Director Air Staff Inspection at Air HQ in addition to commanding Air Force Station Kumbhigram. Gp Capt TPS Dhillon is a thorough professional and a dedicated helicopter pilot who has more than 5500 hours of accident! incident free flying on trainer aircraft and helicopters. He has undergone important Service courses like the APFIC, DSSC and LDMC. For his exceptional professional competence, he was selected as the Team Leader of the Indian Air Force Training Team in Namibia in the year 2000. He has also been commended by the Chief of the Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command and Western Air Command for devotion to duty. As Director of Training (Flying), Gp Capt Dhillon was instrumental in introducing methods and procedures for streamlining the abroad training for IAF personnel. Despite time constraints, with dedication and personal involvement, he ensured successful completion of a large number of cases of IAF officers proceeding abroad on courses. This include the first ever visit abroad by the officers undergoing the Higher Air Command Course at the College of Air Warfare in 2006. Gp Capt Dhillon, as Station Commander of Air Force Station Kumbhigram, had ensured professional competence coupled with improving quality of life at Kumbhigram. His untiring and relentless efforts in imbibing a spirit of commitment and channelising collective energy of the air warriors had resulted in a highly motivated and output-oriented group of personnel at Kumbhigram. These aspects had been greatly appreciated by all, including the DASI. With his meticulous and systematic planning, he had also strived for expeditious culmination of various work services at the Station. This has greatly enhanced the quality of life at this remote place. For distinguished service of very high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Tripath Pal Singh Dhillon.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Kalianda Appaya Muthana 16372 F(P)Unit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Kalianda Appaya Muthana (16372) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot in the flying branch on 11 June 1981. A graduate of the National Defence Academy, the officer has over 3000 hrs of total service flying. The officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and an Experimental Test Pilot (ETP). He has held several key command and staff appointments including that of a Qualified Flying Instructor, Test Pilot and Test Flying Instructor (TFI), Flight Commander and Commanding Officer of a fighter sqn, Project Test Pilot of an Aircraft Upgrade Project, Director of Aircraft Upgrade at Air HQ and Chief Ops Offr of a frontline fighter base. He is presently the Station Commander of Air Force Station, Nal. As a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College he holds an MSc degree from Madras University. Gp Capt KA Muthana, as a fighter pilot was assessed above average. He ensured very high training standards as a QFI and as a test pilot performed several key trials. For his performance as Flight Commander (10) of a front line fighter Sqn he was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in 1996. While on deputation to HAL (Nashik Division) as Chief test pilot he ensured very high standards of production. In 1999 he was selected to command the first Bison Sqn of the IAF The officer's vision and effectiveness directly contributed to creation and sustenance of world class infrastructure for a new type and also achieved 100% safe flying record. The officer was then handpicked as the project test pilot for the Sukhoi Upgrade programme and was instrumental in ensuring development of a potent fighter platform for the IAF As Chief Operations Officer of a frontline fighter base he managed to directly oversee runway repairs and induction of the Sukhoi aircraft while continuing unrestricted operations in a very busy civil aviation hub. The officer was appointed to command a frontline fighter base in January 2008. During his tenure, he led from the front and ensured 100% safety. The base flew over 5000 sorties under his watch and supported 14 flying detachments. Despite severe resource constraints, the base supported unhindered operations as a key detachment base for Western Air Command and mounted successive Republic Day Flypasts efficiently. The station effectively supported and sustained a Fighter Sqn, a Pechora Sqn, a Transportable Radar Unit, a Mobile Observation Flight and an Electronic Surveillance Unit. The performance of the lodger units in various inspections and exercises was of a very high order and was well appreciated. The welfare activities undertaken in the station were widely appreciated. Key upgradations of the New Station Medicare Centre, the SNCOs' Mess, Op Complexes for Sqns/Units, Weapon Storage Areas and Station HQ were realised. The station won the award for the most Energy Conscious Station of Western Air Command. For his devotion to duty of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Kalianda Appaya Muthana.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jitendra Kumar Singh 16545 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Jitendra Kumar Singh (16545) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 11 Aug 1981. He is on the posted strength of Headquarters South Western Air Command (HQ SWAC) with effect from 04 Feb 08 and since then functioning as Deputy Command Engineering Officer (Dy C Eng 0). The officer has work and management experience on all the variants of MiG-21. He has been involved with management of almost all the Russian Fighter in various staff appointments, including Director of Engineering (A2) at Air Headquarters, Chief Engineering Officer of a MiG-21 base and Commanding Officer of a Repair and Salvage Unit. He is a post graduate in Aerospace Structure from lIT Mumbai. An Alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he has also been the Deputy Air Attaché in Moscow. As Deputy Command Engineering Officer in HQ SWAC, he is responsible for management of fleet of over 300 aircraft. He has focused on strengthening critical maintenance aspects of quality of preventive maintenance, liquidation of concessions, improvement in modification status, effective follow up of defect investigation and implementation of corrosion prevention programme. It is entirely to his credit that concessions in Jaguar and MiG-29 fleets have been brought down significantly. His contribution in identifying grey areas in maintenance environment at Air Force bases under SWAC, through the conduct of Maintenance Safety Week and regular Quality Audits has been truly remarkable. The fleet reviews documented by him provide a clear roadmap for effective follow up on the entire range of issues affecting each aircraft fleet. His professional acumen was also evident in analysis and subsequent preventive measures to arrest the hydraulic failures in MiG 21 (T-96) fleet operating from coastal areas. His proposals on standards for hydraulic particle count and hydraulic oil during receipt of aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been implemented as the new acceptance benchmark. Earlier as Senior Engineering Officer of a MiG-21 Squadron his enormous efforts resulted in recovery of six aircraft on ground for prolonged period, within a span of few months. Subsequently, while at Air Force Station, Bhuj during 1995-96, he played a pivotal role in expansion of infrastructure for second line servicing to support the MiG-21 squadrons operating from two adjacent air bases. As Director at Directorate of Engineering A, Air Headquarters, his initiative for conduct of first Operators' Conference for MiG 21 Bison aircraft during January 07 was hailed as a benchmark format that paved the way for similar follow up by other fleets. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jitendra Kumar Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Naveen Jain 16642 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Naveen Jain (16642) Administration was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administrative Branch on 11 Dec 1981, bagging the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) medal, Training Command Medal, Air Force Academy (AFA) Medal and Air Force Administrative College (AFAC) Trophy. He continued his excellence in various appointments in the field at different Stations and was awarded Commendation by Air Officer Commanding in- Chief (AOC-in-C), Eastern Air Command (EAC) in Jan 1988 and Commendations by the CAS in Jan 1992, Oct 1999, and for a third time in Jan 2002. He has done pioneering R & D work in digital image processing when he was posted at Defence Image Processing and Analysis Centre (DIPAC)where he had prepared three-dimensional digital terrain models for the first time for services and developed a GIS (Geographical Information System) for IAF. While he was commanding Airmen Selection Centre, Ambala, Directorate of Adm Inspection during their inspection visit to the centre, awarded the highest grading with remarks 'A unit par excellence'. He has done five professional /service courses, including a course at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, and stood first in all of them with 'Distinction'/DS grading. Group Captain Jain has been on the posted strength of Air Force Station Hindan since 14 Jan 08 as Chief Administrative Officer. At Hindan, his first major challenge was to steer the conduct of the Air Force Day Parade 08 in a manner that maintained the pomp and show put up by the IAF in the Platinum Jubilee year of 2007, albeit with significantly scaled down finances. The professionalism with which the parade was executed is, to a very large extent, due to his dynamic leadership and astute financial management skills. He also coordinated and ensured fool proof security arrangements for the parade during a time when there were multiple internal security threats. He has been instrumental in changing the face of Air Force Station Hindan over the last one year. He has speedily planned and executed a large number of works related to operational infrastructure development and improvements in the living conditions, both for Officers and Personnel below Officers Rank. He has introduced Significant changes in the appearance of the station by introducing cost-effective, long lasting high quality surface finishes on the buildings, installation of road furniture and modern sign boards, use of energy saving light fittings/ fixtures/devices, renovation of various public facilities/messes, improvement in living out areas and shopping complexes and modernisation of parks, playgrounds and auditorium. These measures and initiatives have contributed significantly in overall improvement in quality of life at the station. Ceremonial commitments at Hindan demand a great deal of administrative flexibility and nimbleness, all of which have been displayed in plenty by him, and it is because of his vast experience that the station has not been found wanting on a single occasion since he took over as Chief Administrative Officer. He always shoulders additional responsibilities with a smile, is empathetic towards subordinates and places personal comfort subordinate to organizational requirements. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Naveen Jain.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph 16964 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph VM (16964) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the flying branch on 29 Dec 1982. He is an experienced pilot with over 3800 hours of accident free flying on various fighter and trainer aircraft. He is an A2 QFI and an alumnus of DSSC. During his 24 years of service, he has held many important appointments at field level and at Air Headquarters, including Commanding Officer of a fighter Squadron and aircrew examiner. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal by the President of India on 26 Jan 2003 for his exceptional devotion to duty. He went on to perform with distinction as Chief Operations Officers of a fighter base and be a fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies. He is a well-regarded expert on Aerospace power. At 413 Air Force Station, he had the dual responsibility of Commanding Officer of the Flying Instructors' School and Chief Operations Officer. Under his command FIS made remarkable progress in terms of improved infrastructure, and enhanced quality of training. He worked tirelessly to create an informal but regimented atmosphere with constant monitoring of trainee QFIs, resulting in their good performance and overall development. This was achieved without any accident, or human error incident. He has been instrumental in the formulation of an immensely beneficial new training pattern at FIS that includes simulator flying. He has focused on attainment of high standards of training with minimum wastage rates. As Chief Operations Officer of the Base, he has ensured a high standard of safety and maintenance of support services for flying. In addition, requirements towards flood-relief operations from time to time in the Chennai region and response to a call for assistance during strike at civil airport were handled in a professional manner. He has also been instrumental in the initial planning of the anticipated Intermediate Jet Trainer induction. He has been the overall coordinator for flying displays at Marina Beach and Mysore during this period, which with his drive and determination were executed in a befitting manner. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjeev Kumar Mittal 17051 ADMUnit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Sanjeev Kumar Mittal (17051) Administration was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administrative Branch on 29 Dec 1982. He is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Tezpur with effect from (wef) 08 Feb 06. He performed the duties of Flight Commander Works and Environment Flight upto 09 Oct 07 and has now taken over the duties of Chief Administrative Officer wef 10 Oct 07 as permanent incumbent. At the time of his arrival, there were three fighter squadrons operating from this base. The runway which was over 65 years old had to be maintained to prevent any cases of FOD. This was done despite the constraints of not stopping flying and limited funds. Subsequently, the station underwent a major transformation since it was slated to host the first SU-30 MKI squadron in the North East, works costing over Rs. 500 crores had to be executed which mainly involved complete resurfacing and extension of the runway and building up state of the art infrastructure to house one of the most maintenance intensive aircraft in the IAF's inventory. This involved tremendous foresight, meticulous planning and flawless execution, and all this despite the inherent problems in the North East of terrorism, connectivity, labour, bandhs, insecurity and vagaries of weather. With his leadership, tact and man management skills, he overcome all hurdles to meet the PDC of 31 May 09. The runway was formally inaugurated by the AOC-in-C on 15 Jun 09 and the first SU-30 MKI operated from this base for a week. Further the station also had to look after Dulong Mukh, Air to Ground firing range located over 250 kms away in the heart of Arunachal Pradesh. He ensured the availability of the range continuously for day and night operations; despite the distance, extremely difficult road connectivity, no electricity and hardly any communications. In the year 2006-07, AF Stn Tezpur witnessed a high suicide rate amongst service personnel. Gp Capt Mittal through his concerted efforts brought down this undesirable trend to nil in year 2008 and 2009. He left no stone unturned many a times beyond his purview to improve the quality of life of air warriors and their families in the station. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sanjeev Kumar Mittal.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Arun Kumar Barik 17122 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Arun Kumar Barik (17122) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 14 Feb 1983. The Officer is posted as Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) at Air Force Station, Bareilly wef 05 Nov 2007. The officer was the first Senior Engineer (Aircraft) at Air Force Station, Pune during induction of SU-30 MKI aircraft. His contribution in smooth induction and setting up of all facilities is acknowledged by one and all. While on the posted strength of Regional Centre Military Airworthiness, Koraput, he contributed positively towards improving the engine overhaul and manufacturing facilities at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Koraput. As Commanding Officer (CO), Air Force Liaison Establishment (Nasik Division) he was actively involved in the upgrade of Phase I & 11 of SU-30 MKI aircraft. The officer's contribution to service at each appointment has been based on in depth professional competence, economy of resources, effective leadership and attention to details. During his tenure as the CEO, re-equipment of 24 Squadron with Su-30 MKI aircraft was completed, 8 Sqn was resurrected and Tech Flight became fully operational. State of art Avionics Lab, Mechanical and Role Equipment Labs were made fully functional. With his proactive approach in managing various techno-logistic issues and by synergizing resources from Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), HAL divisions, Defence Research Development Organisation and IAF, the base was able to achieve peak serviceability of SU-30 MKI aircraft of 85 % and average it around 70%. In case of helicopters 100% serviceability was achieved on three occasions totaling to about 43 days with average serviceability of 85%. Mechanical Transport both Common User Vehicles and Aircraft Specialist Vehicles consistently maintained a serviceability of 98%. Air Force Station, Bareilly was chosen as the base for induction of Recce Pod assets for SU-30 MKI aircraft. Gp Capt Barik has relentlessly endeavoured to resolve the teething problems related to integration and setting up of interim facilities for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Electro Optics/ Infra Red (EO/IR) Lab. Flight trials for both SAR and EO/lR Pods was completed under his able guidance. He has been the single point contact between OEM, Air HQ, Aircraft Systems Testing Establishment, Software Development Institute and HAL for induction of Recce Pod assets. He designed and got fabricated a Missile Handling Trolley for transportation of Missiles within the danger buildings which substantially reduced effort and time in missile delivery to the Squadrons. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Arun Kumar Barik.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sudhanshu Saxena 17278 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Sudhanshu Saxena (17278) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 22 Aug 1983. He has held the appointments of Squadron Engineering Officer of MiG 21 Bis Squadron, Dy Director (Armt and Safety Eqpt) at Air HQ, Commanding Officer of a Base Repair Depot and Director of Studies at Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune. The officer has undergone M.E (Air Armament) and System Engg Course. The officer was commended by CAS in Jan 1998. Gp Capt Saxena is presently posted at Air Force Station, Amla as Station Commander since 03 Sep 07. The mammoth demolition task of more than 1500 tonnes of life expired/ unserviceable armament stores, undertaken by the depot during his tenure has resulted in creation of additional Weapon Storage Accommodation all over Air Force and has been appreciated at all levels. Further, using his ingenuity, the officer had carried out modification in two storage sheds which led to enhancement of storage capacity of these sheds by 50% and has resulted in savings of about Rs. 90 lakhs to the exchequer. The officer had taken up the exercise of compilation of Armament Compendium and the same has been approved for issue by Air HQ. Gp Capt Saxena had planned and organised a two days International Symposium on air armament named AIRARM2008 at Amla which was highly successful and was found to be of immense value. Air Force Station Amla under the command of Gp Capt Saxena has undertaken the project of carrying out eco friendly disposal of various armament stores (by resorting to 'breaking down') in place of carrying out demolition, which resulted in reduced degradation of earth surface, vegetation and also increase in the scrap arising in the range of 90% to 355%. During the current task year itself, the additional yield generated has resulted in increase of revenue by Rupees Seven lakhs. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sudhanshu Saxena.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sunil Padegaonkar 17279 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Sunil Padegaonkar (17279) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) branch on 22 Aug 1983. He has held appointments of Senior Engineering Officer of a MiG 23 Squadron, Squadron Commander Aircraft Technical Squadron of a MiG 29 flying base, Joint Director Personnel Officers (Mechanical) at Air HQ and Command Engineering Officer (A) in Maintenance Command. He was trained in MiG 29 overhaul technology in Russia and was instrumental in setting up overhaul line at 11 Base Repair Depot(BRD). He is functioning as Group Commander Maintenance Support Group at AF Stn Pune since 05 Nov 07. He was commended by Chief of the Air Staff Commendation on 08 Oct 95. Gp Capt Padegaonkar is a thorough professional with vast experience. His conceptual ability and foresight was evident when he handled planning and execution of techno-logistics activities for the international Red Flag Exercise held in Jul-Sep 08 in USA. His creative approach coupled with good understanding of practical difficulties led to significant achievements across the gamut of maintenance activities like Weapon Storage Area, Work Packages, Records and Handbook for Missiles, Online Fuel Testing, Hydraulic and Fuel discipline, Road safety, environmental improvements in Laboratories, Navigational Aids and Communication systems etc. He also ensured that the efficiency and effectiveness of maintenance activities was achieved by revamping Maintenance Control Centre and implementing easily accessible online maintenance software package for data retrieval, analysis and knowledge management. Gp Capt Padegaonkar initiated reliability studies for Su-30 MKI fleet and followed up with inputs for ARS and Rotable management. His guidance in setting up a robust system of spares management has resulted in mitigating the constraints of spares shortage. His grass root level experience and understanding of the needs of air warriors has resulted in a culture of continuous improvement in the Station. His thrust on result oriented approach and effective marshalling of available resources has culminated in AF Stn Pune being given the Best in Maintenance trophy in SWAC, IAF for year 2008. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sunil Padegaonkar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Manas Chatterjee 17356 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Manas Chatterjee (17356) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the flying branch on 22 Dec 1983. He has been the Station Commander of Air Force Station, Tezpur since 17 Jan 08. The officer has approximately 2400 hrs of accident free fighter flying experience. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, Fighter Combat Leader, an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College and a graduate of the Collage of Naval Warfare where he completed the Higher Command Course. He has commanded two operational units prior to his present appointment. He has been the Chief Operations Officer of a premier front line fighter base in the Western sector during Op Parakram where he single handedly planned and conducted several operational missions involving many types of aircraft and ground forces. The well planned deployment and smooth conduct of operations for a prolonged duration was well appreciated by all participating forces. The officer is presently posted as Director Air Staff Inspections. During his tenure as Station Commander, the officer has been an effective leader. With his extremely efficient management skills and immaculate planning, he has been able to ensure timely completion of several work services at Tezpur involving induction of new generation aircraft despite local problems and turbulence associated with the remoteness and location of the base. With his personal involvement and interaction, a mammoth task of Runway extension and resurfacing has been completed in record time. He has been wholeheartedly associated with Para 35 work services from concept to completion, involving renovation of outdated existing infrastructure in a record time of one year to facilitate induction of state of the art SU-30 aircraft at Tezpur which is a pioneering event for the Eastern Air Command. Several other projects such as 33 KVA independent feeder line renovation and air-conditioning of messes, airmen institute and improvement of water quality are in place which has substantially enhanced the quality of life of air warriors in the station. He has utilised his wide ranging experience in Operations to impart invaluable knowledge to the lodger units and support groups within the station. His critical analysis as well as focus on identifying systemic problems in the field related to flying, maintenance and environment has resulted in an impeccable flight safety record for the station. His dedicated effort and initiative has been instrumental in starting of projects such as integration of Tactical Air Defence Information Distribution System (TADIDS) in the AD network and energizing of the AF Net. During his tenure, the station has hosted the highest dignitaries of the nation and the IAF. Without exception, the contribution of this officer to the station has stood out and needs appreciation. For his outstanding professional competence, extreme dedication and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Manas Chatterjee.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajan Sood 17378 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Rajan Sood (17378) Administration was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administration Branch on 22 Dec 1983. He is on the posted strength of Air Force Station, Gorakhpur since 07 Jul 08 and appointed as Chief Administrative Officer (C Adm 0). Gp Capt Rajan Sood has displayed utmost zeal and involvement during all significant field posts and staff appointments as an administrative officer. Earlier as Deputy Provost Marshal in year 1998, he took the responsibility and worked tirelessly to obtain Government sanction for Dog School and Squad, increase in scale of arms and ammunitions and scaling of X-ray baggage machine, communication equipment and security. Later he was especially tasked as Officer-in-Charge Air Force Auditorium where due to his proactive approach he ensured infrastructure facelift and improvement in general ambience of the auditorium. With sheer innovative thinking he improved upon interior decoration and reliability of operating equipment which has been appreciated by all. At the time of taking over as C Adm 0 at Gorakhpur, the station was facing fury of nature in the form of floods at that time. He immediately got involved and quickly worked out strategy to provide administrative support and relief to all affected personnel and worked towards recovery of airfield for operational activities. With his positive, helpful and practical approach, affected personnel were able to overcome their inconvenience and grief. Quick recovery of the airfield helped the station to undertake aid to civil authorities in other affected areas. Almost at the same time, the station had been gearing towards President Standard Presentation activities. A huge task was at hand especially due to telescoping of work since high water table delayed digging work. With his administrative skills and effective liaison, he formulated well laid out guidelines and ensured timely completion of over 52 works ensuring high quality by regular monitoring and conduct of all activities smoothly. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajan Sood.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rakesh Kumar Ranyal 17402 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Rakesh Kumar Ranyal (17402) Medical was commissioned in Army Medical Corps and seconded to Indian Air Force on 14 Dec 1983. He is presently working as Director Medical Services (Human Resources) at Air Headquarter. An astute physician always aiming for professional excellence, he exhibited exceptional dedication and professional acumen throughout his career of 26 years in IAF, wherein at AF Station Naliya, for his remarkable search and rescue of CO 45 Sqn AF following ejection, he was awarded commendation by AOC-in-C HQ SWAC, IAF. While on deputation to Sultanate of Oman he formulated medical ops plan for Royal Air Force of Oman and was responsible for number of medical causality evacuation, including from mid sea, for which he was awarded 'Commendation by Chief of Royal Air Force of Oman'. As SMO 7 BRD AF, he established the SMC as first multispecialty polyclinic with weekly visits by all specialists from civil thus providing comprehensive quality medical care under one roof. For his dedication and innovations, he was awarded commendation by the CAS. He was instrumental in smooth medical causality evacuation from Suratgarh sector during 'Op Parakram'. As the first IAF MO posted to ECHS, he was actively involved in establishing ECHS Regional Centre at Secunderabad and 18 polyclinics in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. During the course of discharging his duties he always strove to attain perfection. At Air HQ (RKP), he was instrumental in realization of 'Electronic Medical Record & Data Management System' which resulted in huge savings of man-hours and organizational resources and early return of aircrew to flying duties. As DMS (HR), he not only maintained an optimal manning of medical and paramedical staff in the field but also, with humane touch, struck a remarkable balance between service requirements and individual's needs. He also streamlined HR policies related to medical branch, in tune with lAF practices, proactively in conjunction with Army/Navy and office of the DGAFMS. Exhibiting foresight, he took initiative to revise all the AFOs pertaining to HR Management of IAF Med/Dent officers and Med Assts. It was due to his diligence and active liaisoning with JCDNAFCAO, long pending audit objections pertaining to promotion DGNs could be settled and the procedure rationalized. Group Captain RK Ranyal has consistently displayed his initiative, organisational ability, capacity for sustained hard work and willingness to shoulder additional responsibilities even beyond the call of his duties. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rakesh Kumar Ranyal.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Gurcharan Singh Bedi 17448 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Gurcharan Singh Bedi VM (17448) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the flying branch on 08 Jun 1984. He was Flight Commander of a Fighter Squadron at Air Force Station Srinagar where he took active part in Op Vijay and was awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) on 15 Aug 1999. He commanded a MiG 21 Squadron, wherein, the squadron did not have any accident and also won the coveted Eklavya Trophy for winning the Gunnery Meet of Western Air Command (WAC). He has held the appointments of Air Force Examiner in the Aircrew Examining Board and Joint Director (Flying) in the prestigious Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. He was selected to lead the Indian Contingent in United Nation Peace Keeping Mission in Congo, where he led the contingent ably and completed the mission in a manner which earned accolade for the Indian Air Force. He was then posted as the Chief Instructor (Flying) at Air Force Academy. His dedication and involvement in his task ensured not only quality product but also accident free environment. He is currently commanding Air Force Station Sirsa, a frontline fighter base of Western Air Command. He is a Cat A Qualified Flying Instructor, Fighter Combat Leader and has undergone Air Staff Course. He is commanding Air Force Station Sirsa since 04 Feb 08. During his command he has made a number of value additions in the base on all fronts. The base has always performed exceptionally well in all the Air Force exercises. He also set example in professionalism for the young fighter pilots at base by winning a Gunnery Meet event. With his continuous zeal to perform, Air Force Station Sirsa got maximum number of works released in WAC and with the team work, ensured timely completion of the same, which changed the complete look of the Station and improved the quality of life of its air warriors. The changes brought in at the Air Force Station have been appreciated by one and all. He commanded the prestigious Air Force Day Parade on 08 Oct 08. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Gurcharan Singh Bedi VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Pramod Madhukar Puranik 17652 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Pramod Madhukar Puranik (17652) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 20 Aug 19S4. He has held important appointments of Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of a Forward Base, Air Force Examiner of Flight Engineers, Officer-in-charge of Main Hanger Line at No 3 Base Repair Depot (BRD), Senior Instructor (Technical) at College of Air Warfare and CEO of a helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) base. As CEO at Air Force Station (AFS) Jammu, he maintained high serviceability of aircraft and overcame all odds to achieve 100% serviceability of UAV and MI-17 helicopters for the first time on 2S Dec 07. With foresight, meticulous planning and close coordination with repair depots, he maintained nil Aircraft on Ground status for seven months. He streamlined maintenance activity leading to 'Average Plus' grading by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. He was responsible for installation and commissioning of second line servicing facilities for UAV He was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff in Oct 07. He is posted as CEO, AFS Chandigarh since 07 Jul OS. Despite several challenges, with his effective planning and foresight, he maintained high serviceability of the ageing AN-32, Mi-26 and IL-76 fleets. The high serviceability of IL-76 aircraft made it possible to launch these strategic assets for missions of national importance like relief operations to Kabul in Jul OS, flood relief operation to Bihar in Aug OS and commandos operations at Mumbai in Nov OS. With his professional vision and commitment, the base accomplished the first ever lS00 hrs servicing of AN-32 and 1500 hrs servicing of IL-76 aircraft flawlessly. He has been in the forefront in carrying out detailed study and analysis of complicated snags on AN-32, and in formulating procedures to avoid recurrence. He was actively involved in the study undertaken to investigate and suggest the repair scheme for frequent cracks on Main Rotor Blades of MI-26 helicopters. He empowered the air warriors to undertake retrieval of a Cat 'D' engine of IL-76, resulting in substantial savings. With his positive attitude and untiring effort, he has enhanced the operational preparedness through synergy between operation and techno-Iogistic activities. His all-round involvement includes campaigns undertaken to promote road safety awareness amongst air warriors. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Pramod Madhukar Puranik.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajendra Nalsingrao Gaekwad 17845 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Rajendra Nalsingrao Gaekwad (17845) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as Fighter Pilot in the Flying Branch on 14 Jun 1985. He is a qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Strike Leader with over 2500 h of accident free flying. He has been the Flight Commander of two premium fighter squadrons and the Commanding Officer a MiG-27 Squadron. He has been involved with Operations at Headquarters South Western Air Command since 21 Mar 2005, initially as Ops 1B and since 01 Aug 2007 as Ops lA. At this Command, he ensured the optimal and effective utilization of Annual Armament Training Stores in a near realistic scenario. He was instrumental in enhancing the operational and training capabilities of the Air to Ground Ranges at two places by ensuring the procurement and availability of target models and target system simulations. He coordinated the MiG-27 UPG programme from this Command and was responsible for planning the procedures and modalities of acceptance and operationalisation of the ac over an extended period of two years. Beyond his normal call of duty, in the year 2005, he used his local knowledge of Ahmedabad and Baroda to coordinate the flood relief efforts of SWAC. His ability to plan, organize, coordinate and deliver was on display during the Annual Gunnery Meet, "Exercise Eklavya 2005" and also during "Ex Desert Strike", the Joint Fire Power Demonstration with the Indian Army in 'C' Range at Pokhran. This Command has the distinction of conducting simultaneous operations with both Army and Navy, in addition to simultaneous and independent Air Operations. As Ops lA, his ability to plan, organize and conduct smooth operations has been on display in all the Command Level exercises. He has conceived and successfully conducted exercises to keep all the forces of this Command at the level of desired readiness. His foresight and personal involvement has enabled this Command to perform meritoriously in all International exercises. His initiative and attention to detail has resulted in the conduct of flawless Fire Power Demonstrations in 2007 and 2009. He has been instrumental in focusing on key operational issues, analysing situations accurately and incorporating the derived lessons into workable templates for Operational employment. With his ability to stay calm and composed in difficult situations, operate at optimum efficiency for extended periods of time, and multi tasking without compromising on either quantity or quality of work, he has been instrumental in South Western Air Command conducting its operations successfully and efficiently for the past four years. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajendra Nalsingrao Gaekwad.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Basawaraj Mahadevappa Kannur 18201 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Basawaraj Mahadevappa Kannur (18201) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 17 Feb 1986. In his 23 years of distinguished service as Technical officer, he has held important appointments of Chief Engineering Officer of a forward base, Directing Staff at Air Force Technical College, and Joint Director Eng A at Air HQ. He has achieved high professional and academic standards and has passed AMIE in the first division with distinction. For his professional contribution he was commended by AOC-in- C WAC in 1990 and by AOC-in-C TC in 1997. He was trained in UK on Hawk aircraft and posted to AF Station Bidar wef 23 Apr 07. As Chief Engineering Officer at AFS Bidar, he had the onerous task of setting up the entire technical infrastructure for induction of the Hawk aircraft into the Indian Air Force. For this, he involved himself deeply, conceptualised a road map, planned meticulously and orchestrated the entire technical team to set up the required information. He established Hawk TETTRA, Hawk Tech Flight, DSS of Hawk Operational Training Squadron (HOTS) A and HOTS B well in advance to facilitate commencement of training on schedule. He also formulated the technical procedures, servicing packages and task cards for Ground Crew. As a result of his hard and dedicated work the Hawk fleet has flown over 3000 hrs without any ground incident. In addition, he and his team worked meticulously while receiving new aircraft from UK and pointed out many deficiencies. Since these aircraft were still under warranty, the deficiencies could be made up without any cost to the IAF His leadership and professional acumen has led to optimum utilisation of the Hawk aircraft soon after induction into Service. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Basawaraj Mahadevappa Kannur.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Jatinder Singh Bedi 17491 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Jatinder Singh Bedi (17491) Administration/Air Traffic Controller was commissioned in The Indian Air Force in the Administrative Branch on 08 Jun 1984. He is on the posted strength of Air Force Station, Srinagar with effect from 14 May 07 and has been functioning as the Deputy Chief Admin Officer and Squadron Commander Works & Environment Flight. The officer is a Defence Services Staff College graduate and has logged close to 2100 hrs as a Flight Navigator during his flying tenure. The officer has during his tenure in this frontline fighter base, infused a sense of operational orientation in the functioning of the Works Section. With a penchant for accuracy and details and by close interaction with the MES, he has exploited the provisions of the laid down rules, procedures and policies for planning work services. Leading his core team with excellent managerial and leadership skills, he has been instrumental in completing close to 15 major Board of Officers, many of which have been released and are now in the execution stage. He has maintained a very close and amicable interaction with the MES, Chief Engineer (AF) Udhampur and HQ WAC for scrutiny and processing of various proposals. It was due to this painstaking and result oriented approach, that the Station was sanctioned 65 works in 2008-09 under various categories, which is significantly higher than the previous years. With an eye on user satisfaction, he has monitored the progress of maintenance services as well as ongoing projects by frequent visits to sites and interaction with users. Leading from the front, the officer worked day and night during the heavy snowfall in Feb 2008, when all surface communications were disrupted. While the Chief Operation Officer supervised the runway clearance operations, Wg Cdr Bedi ensured interior road clearance & maintenance of essential services. Visiting MES installations even at midnight, he kept the motivation levels of the subordinate staff high and made the entire MES staff feel as a part of the station family. The Station was the first Wing to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee in May-Jun 08. The celebrations demanded time bound work services, which was ensured by the officer, by working in close liaison with the GE (I)AF and his staff. The Station Environment & Training Area was in a state of disuse. Utilizing the resources of the station and Army, the area has been cleared of wild vegetation with virtually no expenditure. The conservancy effort in the station has seen a marked improvement due to his strict and close monitoring. His commitment to the Service has been steadfast and of a high order For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Jatinder Singh Bedi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Bishwajit Bose 19086 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Bishwajit Bose (19086) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 05 Sep 1987. He is on the posted strength of 41 Repair and Salvage unit since 03 Sep 07. In his 21 years of distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments that include Senior Technical Officer of two Fighter Squadrons, Commanding Officer of a AFRU, Senior Technical Instructor at a training institute. He is a post graduate of the Defense Services Staff College. Whilst being the Senior Technical instructor at AFTC, he performed credibly and ensured the establishment of distance learning for all technical officers of the Air force. As the CO of the AFRU he ensured maximum availability of the range and enabled firing of various types of weapons. He conducted two massive fire power demonstrations on the range with impeccable flight safety record. As senior technical officer of the fighter squadron he ensured 100 % serviceability on two occasions to ensure, no aircraft remains on prolong Aircraft on Ground (AOG). Both the fighter squadron where the officer was posted was adjudged as excellent by OASI in technical matters. For distinguished services rendered, he was awarded the AOC-in-C commendation in 2006. Wg Cdr B Bose was appointed as the Commanding Officer of an R&SU on 05 Sep 07. On taking over, he faced the challenge of providing structural repair to 18 different types of aircraft operating in an geographic stretch of more than 2500 Kilometers. Many of these aircraft did not have any support from the OEM which was erstwhile Russia. He studied the task thoroughly and restructured the repair schemes for these aircrafts. With his professional skills, he indigenized many repair methods with spares available in the various existing EO's of the Air force, which resulted in a saving of foreign exchange to the tune of Rs. 4.5 crores and above in book value adjustments. In addition to overhauling of aircraft, he also undertook significant additional tasks of repairs and modifications to the aircraft which was being done by the local Public Sector in the country. This involvement of his resulted in an improved response and huge reduction in downtime of these aircraft. All these tasks were achieved without any addition in manpower or other resources. Rather they led to net saving in the book value transfer in accounts of the public sector and the air force to the tune of Rs. 5.5 crores. Under Wg Cdr B Bose's leadership, the R&SU won the good-will and reliability of work output from all the CEOs of various aircraft bases in the command. He, with his foresight, accurate planning and perseverance, was able to provide a new purpose and direction to the personnel of the R&SU Indigenization, innovations and additional tasks undertaken under his guidance saved many lakhs of rupees in foreign exchange. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Bishwajit Bose.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Atul Garg 19653 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Atul Garg (19653) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in Indian Air Force as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) on 11 Sep 1987. He was on the posted strength of 43 Wing, Air Force with effect from 28 May 2007 and was working as Chief Engineering Officer at the station till 01 May 2009. The officer has varied experience and has worked on AN-32 aircraft, functioned as Senior Instructor in AN-32 TETTRA School and also worked as Squadron Commander Indigenisation Cell of 1 BRD, AF. Wg Cdr Garg completed MTech in Maths Modelling and Simulation from IAT(DRDO) Pune in the year 1996 and also done his Staff Course from DSSC Wellington in the year 2000. The Officer had been commended by AOC-in-C in 1992 and by Chief of the Air Staff in the year 2007. As Chief Engineering Officer of the only flying station in Southern Air Command, he had enormous responsibilities to ensure high serviceability of aircraft and other technical resources of a very high standard. With his untiring efforts, he ensured excellent spares management, implementation of correct maintenance practices, effective and efficient scheduling of various servicing. He also made lot of efforts in maintenance support infrastructure development of the station. By his untiring efforts, 100% serviceability was achieved for MI-8 fleet from 13 Feb 08 to 24 Feb 08 and from 03 Sep 08 to 23 Sep 08. This station was tasked by Air HQ to conduct AN-32 Operators Conference which facilitates various operators of the fleet to discuss, deliberate and bring synergy for enhanced operational and maintenance safety. Conduct of this event required meticulous planning and liaison with various agencies. With his vision and dynamic leadership qualities, the event was conducted in befitting manner which was appreciated by AOC-in-C and SMSO of SAC. Planning of maintenance infrastructure facilities for upcoming Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Squadrons at this station was a highly challenging task. This task involved planning of maintenance infrastructure and completion of Board of Officers for planned facilities. The officer with his dedicated effort, exceptional hard work, foresight and vision for future was able to complete the assigned task. His other major contributions were timely implementation of AFNET project, improvement of Telephone Exchange and TP Cabin Complex, planning of three new labs in AN-32 Tech Fit and planning of MCC as centre of excellence. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Atul Garg.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Bhartendra Singh 19874 F(P)Unit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Bhartendra Singh (19874) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Transport Pilot in the Flying Branch on 17 Dec 1988. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor who has held appointment of AF Examiner, Directing Staff (OS) at Transport Aircraft Operations Tactics Development Cell (TAOTDC) and is commanding the elite Strategic Reconnaissance Sqn. He is a fully operational pilot on Il-76, Il-78, 00-228, AN-32 and HS-748 holding Cat/IR A/MG on all types with a total of 6500 hrs of incident free flying to his credit. Wg Cdr Bhartendra Singh prior to assuming command, as OS at TAOTDC, galvanized the CONOP5 (Concept of Operations) for Battle Field Transport ac. He has evaluated the war time potential of AN-32 ac and formulated SOPs for Combat Offloading and CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue}.The survivability of transport platform in TBA has increased manifold by the tactics and EW ethos indoctrinated by him. The officer was responsible to cement strong tactics and evaluation methodology during the nascent stage of the institution and push-started the first ever Transport Combat leader (TCL) course in the IAF He was also chosen as the pilot representative to evaluate C-130 J special operational ac during its demonstration flight in India by the United States Air Force. During his command of the HS-748 SR Sqn, he has single handedly designed and conceded PC based Moving Map Display for Aerial Survey role. This seamless integration of technology has saved approximately Rs. 4.5 crores to the exchequer by providing precision amounting to near 100% acceptance of survey photographs. It has also enabled real time predictions of photo errors, which in turn has resulted in fool proof mission accomplishment. He was the harbinger of 'self help' resource utilisation in the decades pending unserviceability of the ICC (Interval Central Computer), the heart of survey camera, which was repaired in house by the core team. This resulted in a direct saving of Rs. 56.8 lakhs to the IAF and importantly boosting the earlier depleted operational efficacy. The unique and first ever concept of two ac Buddy Mode Survey Role on Avro ac was developed and operationalised under his guidance. This mode has undoubtedly provided a cutting edge in planning consideration for commanders during time restraint contingencies in any op requirement. Additionally, his leadership and personnel involvement at all levels evoked the culture of team spirit which resulted in unit performing excellently in sports and adventure activities. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Bhartendra Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Kaustubh Apte 22234 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Kaustubh Apte (22234) Logistics was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Logistics Branch on 19 Dec 1992. He is presently working as Joint Director (Adventure) at Air Headquarters. In his 17 years of service, Wg Cdr K Apte has consistently performed his demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner and has many firsts to his credit. While posted as System Administrator, IMMOLS(integrated Materials Management Online System) at an Air Stores Park during 2000-02 he infused computerised warehouse and Inventory management concepts and carried out the first replication of e-transactions between Air HQs and 56 ASP, AF which was witnessed by the CAS. Again as Chief Logistics Officer and SA IMMOLS at an Equipment Depot, because of this devotion to duty and attention to detail, he undertook the mammoth task of computerising the entire depot activities and made it the first e-audit certified unit by the CDA, AF ,As Staff Officer to Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance at Air Headquarters, Wg Cdr K Apte revamped the entire dataflow and Management information System in the entire Maintenance Branch at Air HQ. He also used his IMMOLS background to introduce and enforce 100 percent e-clearance of all the proposals leading to quicker resolving of the problem of material deficiency across the IAF He singlehandedly executed numerous work services to give the branch a new corporate look. He is recipient of Commendations by the AOC-in-C and Chief of the Air Staff. As Honorary Secretary (Air Force Sports Complex), his exceptional efforts to go above and beyond the call of duty led him to get involved in the entire gamut of complex activities in such a way that a new look sports complex today compares and even surpasses some of the best sports-cum-club facilities in the National Capital region of Delhi. He has been instrumental in redesigning, extending and relaying four greens on his own thus improving the playing facility on one hand and generating savings of Rs. 10 lakhs to the complex. With his sharp financial acumen and enforcement of stringent financial measures, Wg Cdr K Apte successfully cleared bad debt to the tune of Rs. 8 lakhs outstanding since past 10 years. Various value additions like installation of RO Plant, Ice making machines, introduction of e-billing have resulted in an annual savings of approximately Rs. 13 lakh. Thus with his personal initiatives, Wg Cdr K Apte has successfully raised lakhs of rupees in revenue for improvement of the sports and recreational activities in the complex. Additionally, the complex today boasts of an 8 % growth rate from a negative growth rate, a couple of years back. He has demonstrated exceptional organising capability and singlehandedly managed various mega sports events like the Captain Trophy, AOC-in-C Trophy etc. Since his arrival, Wg Cdr K Apte has shown exceptional professional ability, initiative and loyal dedication which has not only given impetus to the sports culture but has also has been a morale booster for the troops. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Kaustubh Apte.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Vishwa Vikram Singh 23825 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Vishwa Vikram Singh (23825) Logistics was commissioned in Indian Air Force in Logistics branch on 16 Dec 1995. He is presently posted at Air Headquarters as Staff Officer to Marshal of the Air Force. In his 14 years of distinguished service he has held important field and staff appointments that include Logistics Officer of two prestigious fighter bases, Senior Logistics Officer of a Communication Unit, Staff appointment at Air HQ in Directorate of Jaguar and Mirage . While working at Air Force Station Ambala and Gwalior, Wg Cdr VV Singh looked after the provisioning, procurement and Aircraft on Ground (AOG) management for Jaguar & Mirage 2000 fleets. Using his professional knowledge, foresight, planning and involvement, he speeded the process of dispatch, repair and receipt of Line Repair Units (LRUs) at the base thereby helping in maintaining the serviceability of two fleets to 75%. This resulted in decreasing the number of AOG demands and timely provisioning of spares from indigenous and foreign vendors. The professional attitude demonstrated by him, in his working with his seniors and subordinates was praised by one and all. As a young Flight Lieutenant, he headed the Logistics team for shifting of TACDE from its old to new location in 2001. 30,000 lines of items were shifted by air and road without any damage and discrepancy. Besides this, due to his in-depth study in aircraft spares management, he was able to back load 1790 lines of Jaguar and 1300 lines of Mirage spares to depot. He was awarded the AOC-in-C commendation in 200l. Wg Cdr W Singh's other major contributions in Logistics activities at Stations he worked at, included streamlining function of Local Purchase Cell by increasing the quantum of cash purchase from authorised dealers, door to door delivery of cleaning material, on line and self service counter issue of clothing before implementation of IMMOLS software, modernisation of MT and MTR&S and cross training of different trades for optimum utilisation. He was awarded with CAS commendation in 2006. During his tenure at Air HQ, he efficiently pursued repair contracts for M-2000 fleets and was fully involved in its finalisation after 2 V2 years of hectic negotiations. This resolved the deadlock with the French OEM's for repair support. In his current assignment as Staff Officer to Marshal of the Air Force, he is excellently performing his duties in highest dignity. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Vishwa Vikram Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
WO Kottarathil Chandrasekaran Parameswaran 683957 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : 683957 Warrant Officer Kottarathil Chandrasekaran Parameswaran Radar Fitter was enrolled in the Indian Air Force as a Technician in the Radar Fitter trade on 11 Jun 1983. During his 26 years of distinguished service, the Warrant Officer has time and again proved his technical competency and professionalism. WO Parameswaran, while on the posted strength of Air Force Station, Gwalior, was instrumental in resolving major technical issues related to Mirage 2000 ac by rectifying multilayered Printed Circuit Boards of Automatic Test Equipment Complex which otherwise would have been sent to France. The WO by his dedicated efforts directly contributed in enhancing the Operational efficiency of the fleet and has ensured huge savings to the exchequer. For his technical competence he was commended by the AOC-in-C,HQ CAC on 26 Jan 95. During Operation "PARAKRAM", a number of Self Protection Jammer pods used by fighter Squadrons were lying unserviceable at Aircraft System Testing Establishment, Bangalore. These Pods had a peculiar problem which could not be detected by the available Test Bench. The WO with his technical acumen and professional competence identified the faults and recovered the pods which then could be effectively utilized for the Operations. This has tremendously enhanced the Operational efficiency of the IAF The WO for his distinguished service was commended by the CAS on 26 Jan 03. The WO has been on the posted strength of Software Development Institute. Bangalore since 23 Oct 06. During his tenure at this Institute, the WO has been responsible for various technical innovations which have resulted in increased Operational efficiency of the IAF and has also ensured huge savings to the exchequer. He was instrumental in recovery of the Engine Test Bench held by Air Force Station, Kanpur which was used for testing the R29 Engines of MiG-27 ac. This has ensured improved serviceability and availability of the R29 Engines. The WO has also successfully indigenised the Israeli supplied Pre-Flight Message Generator for the Electronic Warfare (EW) Pods wherein, all the Message Generators were lying unserviceable due to aging and obsolescence. This has ensured effective utilization of the EW pods by the fighter Squadrons thus improving the Operational efficiency of the IAF The WO with his software competence undertook the development of Event Analysis software for Health Monitoring and Debrief system for the MiG 27 Upgraded ac. The application has been highly appreciated by the user Squadrons as a good post flight analysis tool, and thus has tremendously enhanced the Operational efficiency and training of pilots. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Warrant Officer Kottarathil Chandrasekaran Parameswaran.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Satish Kumar Gagneja 14544 ACCTSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Air Vice Marshal Satish Kumar Gagneja (14544) Accounts was commissioned on 16 Jun 76 in the Accounts Branch of the IAF. He presently holds the appointment of Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Accounts) since 02 Mar 09. He being a qualified Judge Advocate has also been associated with the Department of Judge Advocate General (Air)between 1989-2007. He has held a number of important legal and accounts assignments at various major AF Stations, Command HQs as well as Air HQs in his 34 years of his illustrious career. The Air Marshal has left his indelible marks of excellence in every appointment he has held. As ACAS (Accts], the Air Officer has been instrumental in giving a new dimension to the quality of accounting services in the JAF. In the era of e-inventory management, the he took the initiative in facilitating successful implementation and audit certification of Equipment Accounting Online System (EQUOLS) application at 130 sites of the IAF. The launch of SBI "Defence Salary Package" card by the CAS on 16 Apr 10 and emphasis on automated accounting services manifest his vision in pursuit of excellence. Simplification of accounting procedures has always been an area of prime focus for the Air Officer. The introduction of simplified procedure for provident fund withdrawal, TA claim for AF personnel posted to DRDO and payment of 90% leave encashment to air warriors at unit level bear testimony to his foresightedness and drive. His active involvement paved the way for formation of Audit Liaison Cell at % PCDA (AF) Dehradun, which has resulted in increased and effective interaction with audit agencies. All these achievements have immensely benefited the organisation in terms of improved efficiency and saving in government expenditure. The Air Officer, while employed on legal duties had given an excellent account of his knowledge and analytical ability. In recognition of his legal acumen and vast experience, he was specially chosen by Air HQs in 1995 as Trial Judge Advocate for an intricate General Court Martial (GCM) which had international ramifications and the proceedings whereof were subjected to scrutiny at highest level both in India and Mauritius. He has used his legal expertise to good effect for introduction of significant reforms and amendments in the Air Force Law. As Chairman of Air Force Pay Commission Cell, he has exhibited exceptional sagacity in articulating Air Force interest at tri-services level. His close monitoring and direction have ensured smooth and timely implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendations, an accomplishment appreciated not only within the IAF but by the other two services also. With his extraordinary inter-personnel skills, he has developed an excellent rapport with the officials of Ministry of Defence which facilitated expeditious issuance of Government Orders on 6th CPC award. For distinguished service of high order and selfless devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vtshisht Seva Medal' to Air Vice Marshal Satish Kumar Gagneia.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Herikudru Babu Rajaram 14939 ADM/AirTraUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Air Commodore Herikudru Babu Rajaram (14939) Administration/Air Traffic Controller was commissioned in as an Administrative Officer in the Admin/ Air Traffic Controller branch on 10 Jun 77. He has held several key appointments wherein he has made a distinct impact on the outcome operational effectiveness. The two significant operational assignments were Senior Air Traffic Controller of a forward air base and then Chief Radar Controller of a fighter base. As directing staff his operationalisation of first ever Air Traffic Control radar simulator training at Air Force Academy has been renowned. During Kargil Operations, this officer performed admirably as Chief Admin Officer (C Adm 0) of a fighter base. Air Force Records Office, he brought about an attitudinal change in the staff while dealing with personnel issues. His pragmatic and humane approach resulted in great satisfaction for a large number of needy air warriors. As the Chief Personnel Staff Officer at an Operational Command Air Cmde Rajaram has displayed exceptional blend of operational and administrative acumen. Long Defence Management Course and Advanced professional programme in Public Administration have retuned the awards of MMS and M Phi! degrees respectively to the Air Officer. He is presently commanding 23 Equipment Depot. Under his leadership the Depot is functioning mostly effectively. The depot has maintained efficient supply chain for all range of items with special emphasis on 100% kitting of ab-initio consistently. The Depot has innovatively introduced safer and economical methods of transportation of goods. He has brought in vast improvement in technical and domestic infrastructure in an exemplary manner for the others to emulate. For exceptional commitment and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Herikudru Babu Rajaram.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Pradeep Mallappa Katti 15005 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : ir Commodore Pradeep Mallappa Katti (15005) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 10 Jun 77 as a fighter pilot. In 33 years of distinguished service, he has held several important appointments, which include Commanding Officer of a MiG-23 BN Squadron, Chief Operations Officer and Air Officer Commanding of a large Fighter Base. He has also held senior key appointments at two Command Headquarters. The Air officer has over 4000 hours of accident free flying. A Cat 'A' Qualified Flying Instructor, Air Force Examiner and alumni of Defence Services Staff College, College of Defence Management and National Defence College, the Air Officer was awarded 'Directing Staff grading in all Service Courses. He has the distinction of being selected in the initial batch of pilots for conversion on MiG-23 BN ac and was also selected for training in France on Mirage-2000. In his present appointment as Command Flying Training Officer, Headquarters Training Command, under his able and proactive leadership Training Command flew a total of 1,04,058 hours, the largest in the IAF, which bears testimony to his untiring efforts. The Air Officer provided excellent leadership in meticulously planning and coordinating the Aero India-2009 to showcase an impressive and professional flying display. Air Cmde Katti displayed great dynamism in effectively coordinating Flood Relief Operations in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in Oct 09 and Search and Rescue mission during the helicopter crash of late Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in Sep 09. His able guidance and drive energized formulation of the highly acclaimed 'Flying Training Pattern' of the newly acquired Hawk ac, which has now become a model for all flying squadrons of the IAF. The Air officer was instrumental in initiating All Jet Training during the crisis in ab-initio flying training on suspension of flying on HPT-32 ac. The Air Officer has taken keen interest and initiative in all the responsibilities assigned to him with infectious zeal and enthusiasm. True to the motto of 'Service before Self'. he has always displayed high level of maturity and dedication towards the Service. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Pradeep Mallappa Katti.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Milan Ramlalji Ahir 15267 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Air Commodore Milan Ramlalji Ahir (15267) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering branch of the JAF on 26 Dec 77. He is a post graduate in Satellite Communication and Remote Sensing from lIT, Kharagpur. In this 32 years of service, he has held important appointments, which include STO of P-40 Radar unit, CTO of EE & IU, Range Director (Electronics) of Electronic Warfare Range, Commanding Officer, 41 WEU, Director Air Staff Requirements (EW&VE),Air HQ, Station Commander of 12 BRD and Head of Faculty (HOF), (EW & IT) at College of Air Warfare (CAW). He has undergone Air Defence Radar Course in Russia and Higher Air Command Course at CAW, Secunderabad. As Range Director (Electronics), EW Range he was deeply involved in the formulation of SOPs for new EW Systems, finalisation of syllabus for EW workshops for Operational Crew and writing of EW precis. While commanding a Wireless Experimental Unit, he made immense contribution towards national security. Whilst being the Director of ASR (EW & VEl, at Air HQ, this officer has had to his credit the culmination of a number of EW System projects. Under his leadership, as Station commander 12 BRD, the depot has the distinction of improving the operational availability of critical EW assets through enhanced production and initiation of a number of indiginisation projects concerning Ground Support/Handling Equipments. As HOF (EW & IT) at CAW, he planned and developed EW tactics and techniques for War Gaming and improved the quality of teaching. As Principal Director Radar, his current assignment concerns maintenance management of one of the largest sets of JAF inventories. Air Defence Radars, both ADGES & Non ADGES, GCA Radars, Navigational Aids and Aircraft Testers - the list of his responsibilities is long. This Air Officer has put in exceptional efforts and effectively monitored and directed activities covering a very large span of control. He has kept firm control on the project activities of induction and commissioning of SRE, PAR and LLLWR radars. The successful completion of 16 radar sites with COTS ADHS, up gradation of Master T radar for AD role and ASTERIX - 048 mode for IACCS integration, MOH of TRS - 2215 radars and formulation of maintenance philosophy of AD and GCA radars are the result of his untiring effort and sincere dedication. For distinguished service of high order, innovative ideas and high level professional competence, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Milan Ramlalji Ahir.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Rohit Bhalla 15591 ADM/AirTraUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Air Commodore Rohit Bhalla (15591) Administration/Air Traffic Controller was commissioned on 30 Dec 78. in the Administrative/Air Traffic Controller Branch of the W. In 32 years of distinguished service, he has held various sensitive and prestigious appointments including Command of TGCA Sqn and Chief Administrative Officer of a forward base. The officer is a qualified Ground Control Approach Controller. Over a period of time, he established himself as an icon in the controllers' fraternity. Safe launch and recovery of large number of aircraft has been his forte. His high professional standards and positive attitude has been an inspiration for many controllers and aviators alike. His unmatched professional competence found him worthy to be handpicked to perform Air Traffic Control duties at Mumbai International Airport. Due to his competence, initiative and drive, he achieved the necessary facility ratings and was able to handle the dense civil traffic in an extremely short span of time. As C Adm 0 of one of the largest and most active flying bases of IAF, he was instrumental in conceptualizing, planning and bringing up a state of the art Briefing Hall, a modern Receptorium and a well-appointed Air Warriors club, all of which are considered top of the line in the entire Air Force. It was the officer's brainchild to install the first ever automated hygienic laundry system in the Air Force at no cost basis, which immensely added to the convenience of the air warriors, and won acclaim from visiting dignitaries. His perseverance, hard work and indefatigable drive combined with clear vision and planning capabilities ensured meticulous conduct of President's Fleet Review, an event held after a gap of 32 yrs. He was omnipresent, coordinating arrival of VVIPs, ensuring crowd control and closely monitoring multifarious activities, thus ensuring clock work precision in conduct of the mega event and winning accolades for the Air Force from a plethora of very senior dignitaries including the President of India. As PD Org (Adm), with his vast experience and foresight, he involved himself in optimizing office space utilization in Air HQ by correctly prioritizing and shifting offices to Paryavaran Bhawan where the offices have a modern and model presentation. In Air HQs, he pioneered the installation of an RO Plant for the welfare of personnel and is presently driving the central air conditioning project, which in addition to improving work environment and thus enhancing work efficiency, will also ensure large energy saving, a need of the hour. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Rohit Bhalla.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Giles Gomez 16527 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Air Commodore Giles Gomez (16527) Medical was commissioned in the medical branch on 18 Mar 78. He specialized in Aviation Medicine and served in frontline fighter squadrons where for his yeomen work was awarded the "IAF Best Squadron Medical Officer" trophy in 1988. He trained in UK in 1990 and was awarded the Barbara Harrison Trophy for being the Best Outgoing Officer amongst officers from fifteen Commonwealth countries. He pioneered the training programme for aircrew in High-G and Spatial Disorientation and produced training films for which he was awarded the CAS Commendation in 1994. He was commended upon by the ICAO Audit team for introducing forward thinking medical policies as the DDMS Civil Aviation in 2000. He also received kudos for his astute medical investigation of the Alliance Air Boeing 737 crash at Patna. In 2003, he conceived and designed the first ever course in the world for "physical conditioning of helicopter aircrew" and his subsequent treatise on "in-flight exercises" for fighter aircrew has been incorporated as an SOP for long duration flights in Su-30 MKI fleet. He has spearheaded the training of aircrew on Night Vision Goggles and has authored a book titled "NVG - A READY RECKONER" for pilot reference. This has advanced the cause of flight safety in the IAF in a very meaningful way. Air Cmde Giles Gomez is one of the foremost Aviation Medicine specialists in the country, a renowned speaker and a teacher par - excellence. In his present tenure as the Commandant of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine he has utilized his in-depth knowledge and managerial skills to revamp the entire training curricula of aircrew and medical officers; he has given a new impetus to aeromedical research and has successfully executed a large number of operationally important task directives. Being at the helm of affairs he has steered the ISRO - IAM collaborative work schedule and has placed the Institute firmly on the roadmap of the future Indian Human Space Programme. Air Commodore Gomez has introduced a paradigm shift in the work ethos of the institute, encouraging out-of-the-box thinking which has resulted in a number of pilot-friendly initiatives in terms of new protocols, procedures and practices. He has used his creative ability in the realm of work services and is singularly responsible for giving the institute a remarkable face lift. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Giles Gomez.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Michael Fernandez 16967 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Air Commodore Michael Fernandez, VM(16967) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned in the Fighter Stream of the Flying Branch on 29 Dec 82 and is the Air I at Headquarters Western Air Command since 01 Sep 09. During the past 28 years of his service, he has held several important appointments including commanding a fighter Squadron, being the Ops lA South Western Air Command and Chief Instructor of a Flying Training Establishment during the induction of the AJT. An A2 Flying Instructor, he is an alumnus of Air War College USA and has more than 3500 hrs of flying to his credit. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in Jan 04. As Air I HQ WAC, he ensured an all-encompassing quantum improvement in the overall Op preparedness of the forces in Command by synergising meaningful routine training with realistic implementation of the thus developed combat potential during Command Level exercises .. His focussed effort has resulted in closer liaison with the three affiliated Army Commands, improved Int gathering and energising the Air Land War concept in this Command, which was effectively displayed during numerous Army exercises. An online system to help in the creation of the squadron flying programme and compilation of squadron flying returns was actively pursued by him to fruition. He has been briefing visiting delegations, whether they be from abroad or from various service institutes within India, which has always been much appreciated and well received by the audience. Many other activities like AF Day Fly Past in Oct 09 and Republic Day Fly Past ran concurrently and seamlessly under his supervision. His unconditional involvement, devotion to duty, leadership qualities and the highest norms of interpersonal relations ensured a positive and professional work environment. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Michael Fernandez, VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Edavun Puliacheriath Padmaraj Nambiar 16886 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain EP Padmaraj Nambiar (16886) Accounts is posted as C Accts 0 of HQ EAC since 30 Oct 08. Immediately after assuming charge he took stock of the situation and initiated qualitative changes in the organizational structure. He instilled a profound sense of commitment and superior work ethos amongst officers and staff of the Section. Gp Capt Nambiar by virtue of his unflinching commitment thorough knowledge of professional policies and complete involvement brought about a noticeable transformation. Performance and utilization of all available resources was reviewed and optimized. He motivated and guided by his personal example and constructive supervision. The officer himself dealt with all problematic and complex issues. The Key Result Areas (KRA)of the Command Accts Section and all the 23 Self-Accounting Units (SAUs) of EAC were clearly defined. The KRAs ensured better human resource development, optimised utilisation of budgetary allocations, error free accounting services, effective supervision of NPFs and minimizing audit objections. Further adherence to time-frames allowed timely inputs to AFCAO and 100% implementation of the New Pension Scheme. The officer rendered very constructive and pragmatic advice on all the financial and accounting matters at HQ EAC. He studied all policy matters and promptly took-up many cases with Air HQ for review of all ambiguous and contentious policies. One of the most challenging tasks was to reduce audit objection from over 2500 to 190 by 30 Jun 09. He achieved this impossible target well before the stipulated date. This was possible due to acumen and leadership skills. The officer has shown high capability to effectively apply his experience gained as Joint Director (Accts) and JD (Fin P) at Air HQ. His sustained achievements have earlier been commended by the CAS in 1995. In recognition of the very high order of dedication, consistent professional commitment, quantifiable excellence and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain EP Padmaraj Nambiar. Group Captain LS Bachher (16995) Flying (Pilot) Group Captain LS Bachher (16995) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a pilot in the flying branch on 29 Dec 82. He is on the posted strength of Directorate of Intelligence since 08 Jun 09. He is a qualified flying instructor with approx 3300 hrs of flying to his credit. He has been commended thrice by the Chief of the Air Staff for devotion to duty and contribution to Flight Safety. Additionally, he was commended by CISC for his valued contribution in Defence Intelligence Agency, during his tenure as Director (West) in IDS. In 1999, he was solely responsible for unprecedented safe recovery of a Mig-23BN aircraft in emergency by providing valuable instructions as Senior Flying Supervisor. The innovative method of recovering an aircraft in distress was highly appreciated at all levels. The Pilot Orders and Standard Operating Procedures for Mig-23 & Mig-27 aircraft were amended accordingly. Some more aircraft were subsequently recovered with this new procedure, thereby saving precious lives and aircraft. During his tenure as Station Commander Allahabad, the station maintained a clean flight safety record despite ab-initio flying training being undertaken at the base. A number of works services undertaken for change over from Fixed wing (HPT-32) to Rotary wing were completed in a record time due to close supervision and his personal involvement. This effort of the station was recognised and duly acknowledged by HQ Training Command as this enabled changeover of training pattern in time without disturbing the Air Force training schedule. In the current assignment as Director (Counter Intelligence and Security), he has led his directorate from the front. Despite Counter Intelligence (Cl) being an entirely new field for him, he very quickly adapted to the nuances of Air Force Liaison Unit (AFLU) operations and has brought about remarkable qualitative improvement in their functioning. IAPs and Manuals on Cl and Security that were long overdue for revision have been revised. He undertook the daunting task to create Cl awareness among Air Force personnel across the IAF for which he travelled the length and breadth of the country and conducted Cl awareness lectures sensitising over 25000 personnel. His penchant for promoting Cl awareness was aptly displayed when he took immense initiative in getting appropriate and relevant Cl posters published for distribution among all AF Units, Sister Services and Sister Intelligence Agencies. This rare initiative would prove to be a force multiplier in overall Cl endeavours of the IAF. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain LS Bachher.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Lovemeat Singh Bachher 16995 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain LS Bachher (16995) Rying (Pilot) was commissioned as a pilot in the flying branch on 29 Dec 82. He is on the posted strength of Directorate of Intelligence since 08 Jun 09. He is a qualified flying instructor with approx 3300 hrs of flying to his credit. He has been commended thrice by the Chief of the Air Staff for devotion to duty and contribution to Flight Safety. Additionally, he was commended by CISC for his valued contribution in Defence Intelligence Agency, during his tenure as Director (West) in lDS. In 1999, he was solely responsible for unprecedented safe recovery of a Mig-23BN aircraft in emergency by providing valuable instructions as Senior Flying Supervisor. The innovative method of recovering an aircraft in distress was highly appreciated at all levels. The Pilot Orders and Standard Operating Procedures for Mig-23 & Mig-27 aircraft were amended accordingly. Some more aircraft were subsequently recovered with this new procedure, thereby saving precious lives and aircraft. During his tenure as Station Commander Allahabad, the station maintained a clean flight safety record despite ab-initio flying training being undertaken at the base. A number of works services undertaken for change over from Fixed wing (HPT-32) to Rotary wing were completed in a record time due to close supervision and his personal involvement. This effort of the station was recognised and duly acknowledged by HQ Training Command as this enabled changeover of training pattern in time without disturbing the Air Force training schedule. In the current assignment as Director (Counter Intelligence and Security), he has led his directorate from the front. Despite Counter Intelligence (Cl) being an entirely new field for him, he very quickly adapted to the nuances of Air Force Liaison Unit (AFLU) operations and has brought about remarkable qualitative improvement in their functioning. lAPs and Manuals on Cl and Security that were long overdue for revision have been revised. He undertook the daunting task to create Cl awareness among Air Force personnel across the IAF for which he travelled the length and breadth of the country and conducted Cl awareness lectures sensitising over 25000 personnel. His penchant for promoting Cl awareness was aptly displayed when he took immense initiative in getting appropriate and relevant Cl posters published for distribution among all AF Units, Sister Services and Sister Intelligence Agencies. This rare initiative would prove to be a force multiplier in overall Cl endeavours of the IAF. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain LS Bachher.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Nitin Shankar Vaidya 17208 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Nitin Shankar Vaidya (17208) Administration was commissioned on 28 May 83. He is on the posted strength of HQ Eastern Air Command (EAC)with effect from 20 Apr 09. He is an Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) of a high calibre; he achieved the highest category for professional competence, Category 'N. Gp Capt Vaidya has the distinction of being an instructor at ATCOs' Training Establishment as well as an ATC Inspector in Directorate of Air Staff Inspection at Air Headquarters. He has held important appointments like an Air Force Examiner for ATC, Senior ATC Officer, Chief Administrative Officer in UN Mission at Congo and Squadron Commander of Administrative Support Group (ASG) at Air Force Station Bareilly. During his tenure as Squadron Commander ASG, he initiated and executed a large number of work services amounting to Rs 206 crores towards infrastructure development for SU-30 MKI aircraft and also for improvement in the quality of life. For his dedicated service he has been commended twice by CAS and once by AOC-in-C. He has always infused a new sense of enthusiasm and work culture and channelised energy into solving problems of personnel on a fast track with a proactive approach. He has ensured that his staff remains focused on expediting all applications without delay and paste its disposal on EAC web page for instant accessibility which has provided great relief to PBOR in the field. With his vast experience and personal involvement, he ensured that security equipment worth Rs 400 lakhs was purchased and distributed to all stations in EAC. This has given a great fillip to security of Air Force Bases. He has closely monitored and exercised strict control over prudent and appropriate deployment of manpower. It was largely due to his effective management that expenditure on temporary moves was maintained well below the ceiling and EAC surrendered Rs 281akhs i.e. substantial savings. Gp Capt Vaidya has been supervising activities of the entire Adm Branch and maintaining the highest possible standards. His involvement in various events like EAC Commanders' Conference and EAC Golden Jubilee celebrations was noteworthy which ensured high standards in all events. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Nitin Shankar Vaidya.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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